Cancer Cell Biology Program
The Cancer Cell Biology Program emphasizes cancer-related basic and translational research in the following areas:
- Cell cycle regulation and tumor suppression
- Cell adhesion
- Cell signaling by growth factors and receptors
- Chromatin regulation and epigenetics
- Angiogenesis and vascular biology
Fundamental research into these five core areas provides critical insights into cancer development and, more importantly, targets and tools for therapeutic intervention. The Program fosters integrated research that spans these inter-related themes, enhancing the capabilities of Program members through the establishment or expansion of appropriate core facilities, and promoting interactions with investigators from other UNC Lineberger basic, clinical and population science programs.
The Program is led by James Bear, PhD, professor of Cell Biology and Physiology. Bear has has been a program member since 2003 and leader since 2014. He is known for his studies of cell motility, actin cytoskeleton and tumor invasion and metastasis.